Argentina will collide with Bolivia in the CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers clash on Wednesday, September 13 (as per Indian Standard Time) at the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz, Bolivia. Argentina have been in top form of late. In the build-up to the World Cup 2026 Qualifiers, they secured comprehensive victories against Australia and Indonesia. The defending world champions carried on the good work into the qualifying tournament and defeated Ecuador 1-0. Argentina skipper Lionel Messi was the chief architect of the triumph as he scored a stunning free-kick goal in the 78th minute to take to victory. Lionel Messi Opts To Skip Argentina’s Final Training Session Ahead of CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier Against Bolivia.

Argentina would look to show their class against Bolivia and register yet another win under their name. On paper, Lionel Messi & Co. are far more superior than their counterparts and they would back themselves to secure an emphatic win in the forthcoming game. Bolivia, on the other hand, are entering into the contest, having succumbed to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil. Thus, it would be a herculean task for the home team to stop Argentina. Nevertheless, the team management would expect the players to put up a better showing and give the reigning world champion a stiff challenge.

Will Lionel Messi Play in Bolivia vs Argentina CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers?

In the clash against Ecuador, Lionel Messi was substituted in the 89th minute of the game. Later, it was revealed Messi felt tired and asked for a substitution. The 36-year-old has been played relentlessly for his club Inter-Miami and now for his nation.  Given Messi has travelled with his side to Bolivia indicates that he could start on the bench and play some part in the contest. However, Messi did not take part in Argentina’s final training session in the build-up to the game. Thus, there is a cloud of uncertainty over his appearance in the clash against Bolivia.  In all likelihood, Messi will start from the bench and Angel Di Maria will lead Argentina in his absence.

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